Horwitz's Game-Winner Lifts Amherst to 10-9 OT Win Over Wesleyan

AMHERST, MA – The 19th-ranked Amherst College women's lacrosse team got a hat-trick from sophomore Allie Howritz (Woodbridge, CT), including the game-winner, in a 10-9 overtime win over visiting NESCAC and Little Three archrival Wesleyan University this afternoon. The win improves Amherst's record to 9-5 on the year, and 5-3 in the conference. Wesleyan falls to 3-10 (0-8) with the loss.

Amherst scored the game's first goal just over one minute into the opening half, with Wyatt Davis (Concord, MA) finished off a feed from Kelley Trapp (Monterey, CA). Wesleyan responded, scoring the game's next two goals, and four of the next five. Less than three minutes apart, Cardinals Lydia King and Kaylin Berger beat Amherst goalie Lamia Harik (Rye Brook, NY) to put Wesleyan up 2-1. 

After Trapp hit a cutting Hannah Walker (Greenwich, CT) for an equalizer with 22:48 remaining in the half, Wesleyan leading goal-scorer Jess Chukwu put the Cardinals back up with a free-position score. Wesleyan senior Erin McCarthy scored her 20th goal of the season at the 11:21 mark to give the Cardinals a 4-2 lead.

Amherst answered with three straight scores to end the first half, all coming within a 1:19 window. Horwitz scored unassisted tallies with 9:01 and 7:42 to play, with the second coming on an FPS, while Davis found first-year classmate Hillary Denson (Summit, NJ) with 8:42 remaining in the first half for a score. 

The Lord Jeffs scored four of the first six goals of the second half, taking a 9-6 lead with 12:53 to play in regulation on an unassisted score by Trapp. Wesleyan refused to go away though, responding with just over nine minute to play as Sarah Hoefle assisted on McCarthy's second of the game. 

With 4:19 to play, Chukwu took an Eileen Gaffney feed for a score, closing the gap to a single goal. At the 3:23 mark, Wesleyan goalie Maggie Drowica turned away an FPS shot from Marta Randall (Monkton, MD) to keep Amherst from responding. With all the momentum in Wesleyan's favor, Catherine Taibi beat Harik with a shot after streaking through the Amherst defense, tying the game at 9-9 with 1:42 showing on the clock.

Both teams had chances down the stretch, but the game was sent into overtime in a deadlock. With just 29.1 seconds remaining in the first overtime session, Horwitz finished off a hard drive to the right with a shot back across the goal mouth into the left upper corner. The Amherst defense held off a charge from the Cardinals in the second extra frame to close out the 10-9 win.

Horwitz led all players with three scores, while Davis had a pair of goals and an assist for three points. Trapp had a goal and two helpers for three points, while Walker added two goals for Amherst. Taibi, McCarthy and Chukwu each scored a pair of goals for Wesleyan in the loss. Harik made 13 saves in net for Amherst, while Drowica had 10 stops for the Cardinals.

The Lord Jeffs will close out the 2010 regular season on Friday with a crucial NESCAC home game against 5th-ranked Trinity College at 5 p.m.